The film stars Holliday Grainger as Lady Constance Chatterley, Richard Madden as Oliver Mellors, James Norton as Sir Clifford Chatterley, and Jodie Comer as Ivy Bolton.In UK newspaper The Guardian, Sam Wollaston wrote of the film's opening scene, "Hang on, what mining disaster at the start of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, you might ask, as I did." Madden told the Press Association in March."All that stigma, all that smut's gone and it's actually it's just about these three people which is the fascinating story of it.There's sex and passion in it but we're not going to shock people like the book did." There will, however, be one scene in which Lady Chatterley runs to Mellors in the middle of a storm, wearing only her nightdress.There are lingering looks, erotic bedroom close-ups, tears, broken hearts and beautiful period costumes a plenty in this small screen retelling of the early 20th century about Lady Chatterley's passionate love affair with Mellors despite their class differences.The original book was censored in Britain for over 30 years for its obscene language and graphic sex scenes.It has admittedly been an awful long time since I read it, and then I was probably just skimming for smut (imagine if today’s teens got their porn from DH Lawrence rather than the internet, they might think sex was something earthy and profound, rather than hairless and mechanical), but I don’t remember any accident at a mine. Well, it’s hinted at – the husband of Mrs Bolton the nurse was killed down the pit many years before; she still longs for his touch and loathes the mine bosses she blames for his loss.
Confined to a wheelchair and impotent, Clifford becomes more distant, and Constance finds comfort in the company of the estate’s brooding, lonely gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors (Richard Madden).But while the nature of the three sex scenes is under debate, Lawrence's four-letter words do not feature in the new adaptation as Mercurio did not see them as "groundbreaking" anymore."That battle has been won.The idea was to tell this as a love story, a love triangle.And Lady C – played in excellent haughty fashion by Holliday Grainger – was deliciously dislikeable".